Iran Releases American Citizen Baquer Namazi

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The Facts

  • Iranian American Baquer Namazi, who was arrested by Iran on espionage charges, reportedly left the country on Wednesday, initially for Oman, after being detained for more than six years.

  • The 85-year-old former UNICEF official, who served as governor of Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province under the US-backed Shah, was arrested in 2016. He was placed under house arrest in 2018 on medical grounds.

The Spin

Anti-Iran narrative

Baquer Namazi was wrongfully and cruelly detained in 2016 while trying to secure the release of his son. While his release is a positive step, the US must work diligently to free all wrongfully detained US citizens in Iran. Tehran's unjust detentions are a human rights issue.

Pro-Iran narrative

Iran has every right to combat the threat of extremism and terrorism often inflicted by US and Western meddling. Titles such as "dual nationality" are not a free pass for those who cannot respect Iranian law. Tehran has a responsibility to take reasonable security precautions.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Iran will cease to be an Islamic Republic by June 2048, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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